67th District House of Delegates candidates peg transportation as top issue
In the 67th District House of Delegates race, one-term incumbent James “Jim” LeMunyon (R) faces a challenge from attorney Eric Clingan (D).
The 67th District mostly covers Fairfax County but does have two precincts in Loudoun – Little River and some of Dulles South.
LeMunyon, a technology company entrepreneur, was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2009 after defeating Democrat Chuck Caputo, who had served two terms.
LeMunyon is big on accountability in government. During the 2011 General Assembly session, delegates passed House Joint Resolution 64, which he sponsored as a way to make delegates’ voting records more accessible on the General Assembly website. Beginning in 2012, you will be able to access voting records by delegate name instead of having to go bill by bill to see how a specific person voted.
He was also the first member of the House of Delegates to put his entire voting record on his website.
LeMunyon and Clingan both see transportation as the No. 1 issue affecting the 67th District.
LeMunyon said he hopes to use the additional seats Northern Virginia gained through the redistricting process to the region’s advantage.
“We need to use this additional ‘clout’ to bring more of our existing tax dollars back to Northern Virginia for transportation construction before considering tax increases,” LeMunyon said.
When it comes to which transportation projects should be funded, LeMunyon favors a cost-benefit analysis approach.
He wants each project to be ranked based on how much it will help alleviate the region’s traffic woes. The projects that receive the top rankings will then get the most state funding.
If rail to Dulles is one of those top projects, LeMunyon is all for putting state funding toward it. If it is not, he wants to see the funding go toward the projects that are ranked higher. He also thinks the federal government should send its share of funding to the Dulles rail project.
“Since rail to Dulles would support the international airport that serves the nation’s capital, there should be a substantial federal funding component since there is a national, not just local or regional, benefit,” LeMunyon said.
Clingan wants to solve the regions transportation problems by taking cars of the road.
“We need to provide options for people to get out of their cars such as extending the orange line to Centreville, further encouragement of direct Rapid Transit Bus lines and the expanding the telework tax credit,” Clingan said.
He is in favor of using state funding for rail to Dulles and lists several ways to fund transportation projects.
If elected, the first bill Clingan wants to introduce is one to allow related advertisements on state websites.
“For example, GEICO or Allstate could purchase space advertising on the Virginia [Department of Motor Vehicles] website,” Clingan said. “The legislation would direct that such funds be collected and spent on transportation projects.”
Clingan also supports finding a formula that directs more state money to Northern Virginia.
“Northern Virginia ought to receive the lion’s share of funding as we have the most congested roads and also are the most economically productive region of the commonwealth,” he said.
Clingan also supports raising Virginia’s corporate tax rate, currently the lowest among the commonwealth and its border states, to 6.9 percent, North Carolina’s rate, which is the second lowest in the region.
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